On This Day ……. 21st May 1908 A lunatic named William Martin aged 50 years old, escaped from the criminal ward of the Ararat lunatic asylum on the night of the 21st of May 1908. Martin was able to escape while some alterations to the walls were in progress. He was seen at Crowlands, but […]


On This Day ……. 12th May 1891 A heavily beard male lunatic, escaped from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 12th of May 1891. After scaling the wall the man walked down the drive way and past the gate keepers house and onto the railway line. The man wandered along the railway line in the […]

Escaped Lunatic

On This Day…… 25th April 1869 Margaret Johnson was brought from Howlong to Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 7th of May 1868, by her brother in law William Johnson. Johnson escaped from the Asylum on this day in 1869, and was not seen again. It was believe that she crossed back over the boarded […]

Two Tigers and a Mandrill

On This Day……… 2nd April 1945 A police force equipped with rifles was called out at 3am on the 2nd of April 1945, to fight two tigers and a mandrill (a large sized monkey) which escaped from their cages 21 miles from Inverell. The animals belonged to Perry Bros. Circus, and the cages were smashed […]

The Fitzroy Explosion

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1910 John William Crabtree, a grocer who’s premises were destroyed by an explosion on this day in 1910. Crabtree was taken to the Melbourne Hospital where he died. During the inquest to his death, Crabtree was found to be an escaped prison. In 1885, Crabtree had been sentenced to […]

Large Squads of Armed Police

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1949 Robert Whyte Sparks, 40 years old lunatic who was described as being 5ft 9in high with long dark hair, sallow complexion, protruding eyes with a tooth missing from his upper jaw, and walks with a stoop, escaped on this day in 1949, at 4am. Sparks escaped from a […]

Escape From Beechworth Lunatic Asylum

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1881 Michael Farly was committed on the 1st of September 1880, Farly was a farm at Lake Rowan, near Benalla, where he resided on a 100 arc. He escaped from the asylum on the 24th march 1881.    

Escape From Ararat Lunatic Asylum

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1883 David Chalmens was committed to Ararat Lunatic Asylum on the 14th of July 1869, by his brother Alex Chalmens. Chalmens was a Black Smith for the Port Phillip Mining Company in Clunes. On admission Chalmens was described but the Medical Superintendent Dr William Armstrong as Convalescent. Chalmens escaped […]

New Lighthouse at Point Lonsdale

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1902 The new £2252 lighthouse at a Point Lonsdale, mouth of Port Philip Bay, Victoria was lit for the first time on the evening of the 20th March 1902. The 24 metre high lighthouse had been under construction by builder George Coate for about 14 months. When the foundations […]

Cut in Half

On this day ………… 13th March 1909 A shocking accident, happened on this day in resulting in the death of Mr. George Whitaker, proprietor of the “Korumburra Times,” occurred near Loch. Mr. Whitaker, with four’ others, was returning from the Grantville Show in a buggy. When near Loch a team of horses, attached to a […]

Narrow Escape From Death

On this day ………… 3rd March 1913 A horse, which was being ridden along Arthur’s Creek road on this day in 1913 by Mr. Street, an orchardist, became unmanageable, and bolted. It attempted to jump Hurst bridge, which spans Diamond Creek, Melbourne, and in doing so, threw his rider over the bridge onto the bank […]

Escaped Leopard

On this day ………… 22nd February 1914 On this day in 1914 a leopard escaped from its cage at the Melbourne Zoological Gardens, and was found prowling outside the room in which the director’s three daughters were sleeping. The director rushed at the animal, which escaped from the grounds and wandered to the suburb of […]